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courtesy: LA DEQ

For years, it’s been joked that D.E.Q. stands for “don’t even question”, since Louisiana allows its industrial plants to self-report hazardous releases.

“There’s some entities, if they have a release, they’ll say, ‘Well, nothing left the fence line’,” Dr. Chuck Carr Brown acknowledges.

Of course, that was before he became Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality earlier this year.


Recovery School District

It would seem logical: don’t build schools on dump sites.

“We have no law in Louisiana. Other states have it. This simply protects our children when someone proposes to build a school on a piece of land that is formerly used to dump stuff.”


Singing the Year Away

Dec 23, 2016
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2016 was the year that kept on giving -- giving all of us in Louisiana some real grief. Yet rather than bring you down with the usual “year in review”, here’s a way to laugh -- about my singing, at least. So, with apologies to the composer of “12 Days of Christmas”, here it is:


At his end-of-the-year press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards reflected on the challenge 2016 was for Louisiana.

“The toughest day for me was the Sunday when I woke up and was getting ready for church and found out that we had a gunman in Baton Rouge that was obviously targeting police officers,” reflected Edwards. 


courtesy: labudget.org

Yesterday, we heard about tax reform from state Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson, who says, “We want every taxpayer treated fairly. We don’t want a particular group to feel that they are paying more taxes than other people.”

Today we talk with Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, who says the tax reform report is a good start.


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